Infertile Ground

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photoBioethics advisers to President Bush are urging restraint on the largely unregulated test-tube baby business.

100,000 IVF procedures are performed each year. The council urges studies that track maternal and child health for long-term health effects. The council also recommended placing time limits on the research use of embryos left over from IVF procedures.

Is this good medicine? Should the government be involved in the private decisions between doctors and patients? With so many couples dealing with fertility issues, is it only right to take a step-back look at IVF?


Rick Weiss, medical and science reporter, The Washington Post

Dr. Jamie Grifo, director of Reproductive Endocrinology at New York University Medical Center, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University Medical Center, has been involved in 1,500 IVF procedures

Gilbert Meilaender , member of President Bush's Council on Bioethics, professor of Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University.

This program aired on April 6, 2004.


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